Department of History

Eden Medina

  • Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History


  • Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005

Contact Information

Informatics West, Room 305
(812) 856-1871


My research uses technology as a means to understand historical processes and I combine the history of technology, Latin American history, and science and technology studies in my writings. I am the author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press, 2011). The book tells the history of the Chilean Cybersyn Project, a computer system designed to regulate Chile's economic transition to socialism during the government of Salvador Allende. I use the Cybersyn history to illustrate how political innovation can spur technological innovation, the ways that political projects shape the design, function, and use of computer systems, and how computers have been used historically to bring about structural changes in society. I am currently co-editing a book on STS in Latin America and embarking on my next multiyear research project "Historical Perspectives on Information Technology and Human Rights."

Selected Awards


Edelstein Prize for Outstanding Book in the History of Technology (2012)

Computer History Museum Prize for Outstanding Book in the History of Computing (2012)

New Directions Grant, Mellon Foundation (2012-2015)

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University, Bloomington (2011)

John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, Mellon Foundation (2009-2011)

Scholar’s Award, National Science Foundation (2007)

IEEE Life Members’ Prize in Electrical History (2007)

Fulbright Senior Specialist in Engineering Education (2012-2017)
Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University (2012)
Inspirational Teacher Award, Women in Informatics and Computing, Indiana University (2011)


Research Interests

  • History of Technology
  • Science and Technology studies (STS)
  • Modern Latin American history
  • Technology and Human Rights

Courses Recently Taught

History of Technology (graduate)
Introduction to Social Informatics (undergraduate)
Information Ethics (undergraduate)
Introduction to the Social Study of Technology (undergraduate/graduate)
Geographies of Technology (graduate)
Advanced Doctoral Seminar in Social Informatics (graduate)

Publication Highlights


(Co-edited with Ivan da Costa Marques and Christina Holmes). Science and Technology Studies in Latin America: Beyond Imported Magic. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (under contract, estimated publication date 2014).

Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011.


Eden Medina, “Big Blue in the Bottomless Pit: The Early Years of IBM Chile,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 30 (2008): 26-41.

Eden Medina, “Designing Freedom, Regulating a Nation: Socialist Cybernetics in Allende’s Chile,” Journal of Latin American Studies 38 (2006): 571-606.